June 2010, Singaporean Lim Yong Nam, also known as Steven Lim, earned himself a
spot on the United States’ wanted list for involvement in the illicit
export of nearly 6,000 U.S.-made radio frequency modules to Iran, of which 16
were later located in undetonated roadside bombs in Iraq. Coincidentally, Nam
was owner and director of electronics company NEL Electronics, Ltd. In court on December 15, 2016
Nam finally pleaded guilty to the federal charge of
conspiracy to defraud the United States, and now bides his time until his scheduled
March 9, 2017 sentencing date. Based on his plea deal, Nam likely faces 46 to 57
months prison time, which would make him a free man by mid-2021.
his 2010 indictment, Nam had his charges dismissed and evaded
the U.S. by the Singaporean court system. After garnering an Interpol warrant, Nam was arrested by
Indonesian authorities after attempting to enter the country and was subsequently
detained there for two years. Indonesia handed him over to the U.S. in April 2016.
was in good company, as four other individuals, along with their four electronics
companies, were indicted for the same conspiracy, prompting a statement by Assistant Attorney
General for National Security Lisa Monaco, who noted “this case underscores the continuing
threat posed by Iranian procurement networks seeking to obtain U.S. technology
through fraud and the importance of safeguarding that technology”.
Singapore citizen pleaded guilty on Thursday (Dec 15) to a federal charge
stemming from his role in illegally exporting, through Iran, parts found in
improvised explosive devices in Iraq, the US Justice Department said.
Yong Nam, also known as Steven Lim, 42, was extradited to the United States
from Indonesia earlier this year.
is scheduled to be sentenced on March 9 in Washington, and the parties have
agreed that he would face between 46 and 57 months in prison and a fine of up
to US$100,000 (S$144,000), a Justice Department statement said.
was indicted in June 2010 on additional charges, including smuggling, illegal
export of goods to Iran and making false statements.”